Real Betis will host Real Sociedad at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in the La Liga on Sunday.
Real Sociedad have really impressed this season, and they are fifth in the table. If they finish fifth at the end of the season, they will enter the Europa League group stage next season. Sevilla in fourth place are four points above, and they are occupying the last Champions League spot. Sociedad’s attack has been one of their major strengths this season. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have scored more goals than them in the league this campaign.
The likes of Martin Odegaard and Mikel Oyarzabal have grown into their roles. Odegaard is on loan from Real Madrid, and he is really beginning to fulfil his potential. Oyarzabal is another youngster who has improved. He has scored seven league goals and is on course for his best-ever La Liga tally. Sociedad finished ninth last season, and they have improved markedly since then. Summer recruits like Odegaard are a major reason for this improvement.
Sociedad’s last game was against AD Cueta in the Copa del Rey. Despite fielding a weakened side, they claimed a 4-0 win. Luca Sangalli got a brace in that game. Sociedad’s last league game ended in a 2-1 loss against Villarreal. Willian Jose gave them an early lead, but Villarreal scored twice in the second half against the run of play. Sociedad had 64% possession in the game, which is what is seen in most of their games. Even though their defence is not the best, the attacking players should compensate for that against Betis.
Real Betis Match Form
While Sociedad have risen in the table, Betis have followed an opposite trajectory this time. They are in 13th place and have just accumulated 24 points this season. Betis have not won any of their last three La Liga games. However, they have won two of the last four matches as both those wins came in other competitions.
Betis’ last game was in the Copa del Rey against Club Portugalete. They claimed a relatively easy 3-0 win to progress to the next round. Loan signing Carles Alena made his first start for the club since moving from Barcelona this month. The young midfielder was not getting minutes at Barca, and he secured the move to get more playing time. He also came off the bench in the league fixture against Alaves.
Real Betis vs Real Sociedad Betting Tips
Sociedad have had the better of Betis in recent years in the league. In the last eight encounters between these teams, Betis have won only once. On the other hand, Sociedad have won five of those matches. They won both the fixtures last season by a combined 5-2 scoreline.
Sociedad are the favorites this time as well, and they should get the win on Sunday. However, Betis have a good attack, and both sides will score in the game. The total goals should be over 2.5 in the game. Sociedad should bounce back from their loss against Villarreal and get the three points.